Mahogany L. Browne is a California born, Brooklyn based writer, educator, activist, mentor, and curator. She was brought to the attention of many when her ‘Brief but Spectacular’ segment on PBS went viral, but she’d been putting in the work for a long time before that. It’s an honour to welcome her and her empowering and powerful work to The Brown Bookshelf.
The Back Story
I am inspired by poetic novelist so of course, I love love love Eloise Greenfield, Jaqueline Woodson, June Jordan, Nikki Giovanni, Jesmyn Ward, Kwame Dawes, Sharon Draper, and Jason Reynolds. I have friendships and receive so much guidance from Jaqueline and Jason, but that doesn’t tarnish their shine. In fact, I think they are two of the most brilliant writers of this generation. Their ability to find poetry in the everyday landscape and evoke an investment from our young people is nothing less than miraculous. In this day in time, they are the literary heroes we need. I aim to leave an equally indelible mark with a consistent and unwavering focus on the word work.